Staying healthy in college is one of the hardest things to do, here are a few tips to hopefully help you stay healthy throughout the school year!
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is one of the most important ways to stay healthy in college. Most students in college should get between 7 and 9 hours a night. Although you may want to pull an all-nighter to study or go out with friends, make sure it doesn’t become a habit. A lack of sleep makes it much easier to get sick and causes more symptoms like reduced brain function, headaches, fatigue, weight gain or loss. Also make sure not to drink caffeine, eat or drink right before bed, if you want a good night sleep.
Consistent Sleep Schedule
A consistent sleep schedule is almost as important as getting enough sleep. Your circadian rhythm is the 24-hour body clock that determines sleep patterns. If you keep a consistent sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up around the same time every day, you are likely to get better sleep than if you disrupt it. Getting good sleep is just as important as getting enough sleep.
Exercise is key to remaining healthy and in shape in college. Fitting exercise into a busy college may be hard, but it is essential. The CoRec is a must go on campus, even if it is for just a 15 minute workout. Exercise is proven to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure, keep bones strong, maintain weight and cause better sleep. Exercise is also known to raise your energy levels, make you happier and improve your memory.
Lower Stress Levels
Lowering stress levels is critically for staying healthy in college. From meditating to walking to hanging out with friends, there are many different ways to lower stress levels. Each person deals with stress differently, which means each person has a different way to lower their stress. Make sure that stress levels stay low even during weeks like finals. Typical symptoms of excess stress are headaches, stomach aches, back pain, too much or too little sleep, eating too much or too little. If you notice these symptoms take some time to calm yourself and destress.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands is the easiest and best way to avoid illness in college. Washing your hands before you eat, after you eat and every time you use the restroom is critical to staying healthy.
Get All Your Shots
Making sure to get all of your shots is a great way to avoid more serious illnesses. Flu shot is the most obvious one, but other like Meningitis B are also just as important. Go to PUSH and ask about what are the best shots to get as soon as possible.
Drink A Lot of Water
Staying hydrated is great for flushing out illness, giving you energy through the day and avoiding overeating. Always keep a bottle of water with you and always choose to have water at meals versus soda.
Eat Healthy Foods
Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is one of the most important parts of being healthy in college. We all know it is very tempting to have all the delicious desserts, pizza and pasta offered in the dining courts, but having healthy foods packed with fruits and vegetables is the best thing to do. Indulging every once in a while, is fine, but make sure that you have a majority of healthy foods. Make sure not to eat too late at night and never skip meals. Try to maintain a normal and balanced diet and eating schedule.
If you are going to drink at all, make sure to drink in moderation. Drinking not only can cause weight gain, but it also can lead to being sick. Drinking goes hand in hand with late nights, lost sleep and hangovers, all things that don’t lead to a healthy lifestyle. Make sure to never binge drink and always be aware of your environment.
Limit Sugar and Caffeine
Limiting sugar, fat and caffeine is important to staying healthy in college. Reducing sugar and fat intake helps to limit weight gain and helps avoid sugar crashes later on. Sugary drinks and energy drinks may seem delicious and beneficial if pulling an all-nighter, but are harmful in the long run. Always choose water over soda when eating a meal and make sure to never drink caffeine right before bed.